Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins (c)

in progress

& Ray 3

Introduction - Expression in the self-centered - Expression in developed man - Expression in disciples and initiates - Directives - Mantra - Symbols - Contrasts - Similarities - Famous People 

Sun or Ascendant in Virgo with Ray 3



Sun Virgo (or Ascendant Virgo), R3P (or R3S
Plus Constellationally Transmitted R2 and R6

A mild to moderate mutual reinforcement of ray and astrological energies emerges through the third ray component of both Mercury and the Moon—the exoteric and esoteric rulers of Virgo, respectively. Mercury is a sacred planet and its third ray is most likely associated with the personality aspect, which it has transcended. The third ray is not actually transmitted through the Moon, but the Moon is associated with many phenomena conditioned by the third ray. The general operative category of reinforcement would be Moderate by Rulership, even though the third ray is not the usually designated ray in any of Virgo’s rulers.

Virgo—through its activity in relation to the first solar system—also has an ancient association with the third divine aspect and with the third ray. The category, Probable by Constellational Transmission may apply.

The mutual reinforcement of this combination is further strengthened by the transmission of the third ray through Mercury, ruler of the first decanate {in esoteric order} and the third decanate {in exoteric order}, as well as through Saturn, ruler of the second decanate in both {esoteric and exoteric order}.

Selfish, Self-Centered or Self-Serving Human Being

Selfish, Self-centered or Self-Serving Human Being

i.     The preoccupying materialism of the self-centered Virgo person combines with the busy, sense-bound attitude induced within the insufficiently spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii.   “Let matter reign”.

iii.  Maya flourishes.

iv. Materiality taken as reality.

v.   ‘Busyness’ and business without heart.

vi. Continuous complexity. Kaleidoscopic preoccupation.

vii.  Material intelligence shuts out the subtler worlds. Blinded by the veils of matter

viii.   Food becomes a consuming interest.

ix. Continuous acquisition for the sake of the physical body.

x.   Intelligence utilized exclusively for the pursuit of material well-being.

xi. Preoccupation with “the World”.

Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray of either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Human Being; Aspirant; Disciple

i.     The sound knowledge of material processes of the advancing Virgo individual combines with the intelligence-in-matter induced within the personality by the third ray.

ii.   Extremely resourceful.

iii.  Able to solve many practical problems.

iv. Understanding diet and their relationship to health.

v.   Wide knowledge of pharmacology and herbalism.

vi. A growing appreciation of nature and natural process.

vii.  Growth of an acute, diversified and practical intelligence.

viii.   On the Path of Discipleship: devising practical strategies for dealing intelligently with the lunar vehicles.

ix. On the Path of Discipleship: the growth of a practical, spiritual intelligence.

x.   On the Path of Discipleship: bringing business and spirituality together.

xi. Bringing the resources of business to the aid of the emerging Christ.

xii.   On the Path of Discipleship: utilization of commerce to meet human needs.

xiii.  On the Path of Discipleship: serving, sharing, distributing the necessities of life. Concerned with world hunger, and world health.

xiv. On the Path of Discipleship: preparing the personal foundation for the emergence of the Christ Consciousness.

Advanced Disciple; the Initiate: Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign with the ray as either the ray of the personality or soul.

Advanced Disciple; the Initiate
Additionally, where relevant, combine Ascendant Sign, Virgo, with the third ray as either the ray of the personality or soul

i.     The highly intelligent yet spiritual understanding of form and matter possessed by the soul-infused disciple/initiate born in or under Virgo, combines with the acute, active intelligence induced within the soul or spiritualized personality by the third ray.

ii.   Finding intelligent ways to bring soul and form together on a broad scale.

iii.  One adept at elevating human intelligence and its loving expression through matter and form.

iv. Promoting the fusing of the second ray soul of our planet with its third ray personality.

v.   Detailed knowledge of the particulars of the Divine Plan. Therefore understanding, how soul is meant to spiritualize matter and form.

vi. Understanding the particular ways in which Divine Intelligence intends to serve Divine Love.

vii.  Understanding the means by which the Mother Force can be brought into right alignment with the energy of the Son and of the Father. Thus, intelligently uniting the  Father, Mother and Son.

viii.  Having the intelligence to bring the material world into adjustment with the spiritual world. Understanding the practical timing to bring about these adjustments.

ix. An active worker in the physical manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

x.   Manipulating (third ray) the resources of the Mother (Virgo) for the sake of the Divine Son—the emerging Christ Consciousness.

xi. Working as a constructive agent in relating the efforts of the Mahachohan and the Bodhisattva—the third and second Departments of Hierarchy.

xii.  Practically considered—preparing economically for the advent of the Aquarian Age.



(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work. These are Meant to be Suggestive; Your Intuition Will Supply the Directives and Counsels Most Suitable to You)

Directives for Virgo and the Third Ray
(On Behalf of Humanity and the One Great Work)



Mantra for Virgo and the Third Ray

Mantram for the Disciple’s Consciousness

Mantram for the Initiate’s Consciousness

“Purpose Itself am I”—this is Known when Comprehending that the Father/Mother/Child are One—when Seeing God and Matter Joined within the Light of Christ, the Son.

Proposed Symbol, Image, or Scene

Proposed Symbol for R3/Virgo

Alert at the center of the ‘Web of Life’ the Weaver creatively


Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Contrasts

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Contrasts Between Virgo and R3

Utilize these contrasts to understand how these two energies may contrast or conflict with each other when they are found together within the human energy system.


In Comparison With


1.        Transmits R2 and R6 constellationally


1.        R3

2.        Transmits principally R4, R4/6/1 and R2 through its planetary rulers (unveiled and veiled)


2.        R3

3.        Colors: yellow (given by D.K.) and possibly (on a hypothetical color-scale incrementally related to the chromatic musical scale) yellow-green, green, greenish-blue.


3.        Colors: green, yellow, black

4.        Note: Possibly FA or F


4.        Note: FA or F

5.        Expresses principally through the solar plexus center and later the heart center, through Neptune and Jupiter. Some ajna center expression likely through Mercury. Since Virgo is the sixth sign, sacral center expression (through the Moon) is likely, in relation to conception and the gestation period.


5.        Expresses through the throat chakra and (to a degree) through the sacral chakra, also through the spleen as planetary prana, and, quite reasonably, through the ajna center when that center represents the Spiritual Triad

6.        Creative Hierarchy number II/VII, unliberated


6.        Creative Hierarchy number I, liberated, and Creative Hierarchy number III/VIII, unliberated

7.        Hypothesized as being especially expressive in relation to the Mineral Kingdom via the Moon/Vulcan, the Vegetable Kingdom via Moon/Neptune and Jupiter, the Animal Kingdom via the Moon, the Human Kingdom via Mercury and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives via Jupiter.


7.        Related to the Animal Kingdom and the Kingdom of Planetary Lives

8.        Preoccupied with the birthing, guarding and nurturing of the Christ life


8.        Related to the matter aspect more than the Christ (consciousness) aspect. Related to the material foundation

9.        Physically meticulous


9.        Often physically careless

10.     Emotionally purifying


10.     Emotionally detached

11.     Mentally analytical and concrete


11.     Mentally analytical and yet abstract

12.     Personally focussed


12.     Personally active and dispersed

13.     Related to the personality and its three vehicles


13.     Related to the personality but also to the Spiritual Triad

14.     Related (through Jupiter) to the monad and the monadic plane


14.     Related to the Spiritual Triad and to the personal triad

15.     Clear and focussed


15.     Initially involved and obscure; later focussed but abstract

16.     Sequential action


16.     Rapid, often non-sequential action

17.     Working with finesse of technique in most matters


17.     His “technique is not fine” (EP I 205)

Discover Potentials to be Derived from Energetic Similarities

Discover Potentials to be Derived from
Energetic Similarities Between Virgo and R3

Utilize these similarities to further understand how these two energies may combine with or reinforce each other (for better of for worse) when they are found within the same energy system.

A.     Related Through Association with Previous Solar System: Virgo and the third ray are intimately related because Virgo was the foremost sign in relation to the latter half of the previous solar system—a system which was ruled by the third ray. Even in this solar system, Virgo retains its third ray quality.

B.     Mother and Matter: Virgo is related to the “Mother” aspect of divinity as is the third ray, for mother is matter, and the third ray is the ruler of the matter aspect. Since Virgo and the third ray are (through ancient experience) related to the third or matter aspect, they are, consequently, related to each other.

C.     Intelligence in Matter: Mercurial intelligence has a strong third ray component, and Mercury is the exoteric ruler of Virgo. As well, according to the Tibetan, Mercury is exalted in this sign. Both Virgo and the third ray are related, especially, to intelligence in matter.

D.     Dealing with Complexity: Each of these influences has the capacity to deal with complexity—the sinuosity of matter and thought.

E.     Efficiency: Some third ray types suffer from the glamor of efficiency—specifically, “the glamour of self-importance, from the standpoint of knowing, of efficiency” (GWP 122); Virgo types, ever intelligently improving their technique, are also known as efficiency experts.

F.     Succumbing to Illusion: Both types may succumb to illusion—glamor on the level of mind. Illusion is based principally upon the perception of separation towards which both Virgo and the third ray may influence the perceiving consciousness.

G.     Herbalism: The third ray type is often the herbalist; Virgo, as well, gives a capacity for herbalism and, in general, pharmacology and the knowledge of medicines.

H.     Business and Commerce: Both Virgo and the third ray (in its more material expression) given an aptitude for business and commerce (the exchange of goods and services).

I.      Glamor of Criticism: With both types the “glamor of criticism” is often to be found.

J.     Relation to Processes in Preparation for the First Initiation: At the time of the third initiation, the personality is often to be found upon the third ray—a synthesizing and ‘collecting’ ray—gathering and collecting the energies of the third aspect. Virgo, too, is related to the first degree—“giving birth” to the Christ (and especially to the long preparation for that birth).

“She stands also for the womb of form and for the nurturing mother, guarding the Christ principle within her own material substance until in "the fullness of time" she can give birth to the Christ child”. (EA 262)

Virgo, too is a sign of material synthesis (uniting “Father”, “Mother” and “Child”, and relating them in a new way—as is done for the first time at the first degree.

A List of Famous Individuals for whom this combination is prominent

Virgo & Ray 3

Woody Allen
Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

Georg Friedrich Hegel

Henry George

Dr. Samuel Johnson
English Author, Critic, Lexicographer